Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Vegas Conjures Up a Big Win
June 12, 2012, 14:35
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There is only one good thing I can find to say about last night’s game at Cashman Field in Las Vegas:  at least the 51s didn’t shutout the T-Pads!  Thanks to some poor control issues for late-inning Vegas relievers (a hit-batsman – Amadeo Zazueta – who eventually scored after a wild pitch and an RBI single by Yasmani Grandal in the eighth; two walks, a wild pitch, a passed ball, a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Jorge Padilla, who then reached second on a strike out – indifference – call and crossed home on A-Z’s RBI single in the ninth) Tucson actually ended up with three runs in a game that was totally dominated by the Vegas offense.  How dominating?  Let’s see, first there was this guy you’ve probably heard of named Vladimir Guerrero.  Seems he hadn’t been hitting that well with AAA Vegas – until last night.  Vlad was their cleanup hitter/DH and brought in the 51’s first run of the game with a triple in the first.  He was followed by Travis d’Arnaud who hit a two-run homer.  Throughout the evening, Vlad went four for five with that triple, two RBIs and two runs-scored.  But 1B Adam Lind outdid them all:  three for five with TWO homers, a double, six RBIs, and four runs-scored!!  Tucson starter, Matt Palmer, with a limited pitch count as he “stretches” out as a starter again (following a stint in the Bigs as a reliever), took the loss for three and two-thirds innings of work.  He allowed six runs on six hits (one homer) and two walks.  Former reliever, now primarily used in the rotation, Colt Hynes followed Matt and also allowed six runs on nine hits (including a homer) and one walk in three and a third innings.  Erik Hamren needed work out of the pen and took the final inning last night:  one run allowed on two hits (including a homer) and no walks.  Tucson was limited to six total hits – all singles (while Vegas got 17) – and yet left seven on base; no errors for the good guys (and we couldn’t make the Vegas error work in our favor).  San Diego General Manager, Josh Byrnes, picked a bad night to attend a T-Pads’ game…  Final Score:  Tucson 3; Las Vegas 13. 

Transactions and Injury Report.  Apparently last night’s production was a little too late for the Toronto Blue Jays:  they have released Vladimir Guerrero!  Well, that’s one less slugger the T-Pads have to face tonight (but there were tons of transactions affecting the 51s today – who knows what tonight’s team/game will look like!).  Good news for the T-Pads:  OF Daniel Robertson has been activated off the 7-day DL!   Meanwhile, San Diego has been hard at work signing recent draft selections:  article .

On the Road.   Tucson plays two more vs. the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field tonight and tomorrow night.  After those games, the T-Pads travel to Reno to see the Aces on their turf for four additional road games.  Don’t forget, you can follow ALL Tucson Padres games this season on Tejano Radio 1600 AM!!  Tucson is off next Monday, and will face Vegas again for four here at Kino, beginning Tuesday, June 19th.  (And darn it!  It looks like I’ll never see Vlad in person!)

(Disclaimer – This posting has not been reviewed/approved by Pima County, the City of Tucson, the Tucson Padres, Tucson AAA Baseball, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, PCL, MiLB, MLB, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Tucson Baseball LLC, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)


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